Pennsylvania

  • April 28, 2017

    Creator Of Fox Hit 'Empire' Dodges Pa. Copyright Suit

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Friday threw out a lawsuit accusing the creator of the Fox television series "Empire" of stealing the idea for the hit drama from actor-turned-writer Clayton Prince Tanksley.

  • April 28, 2017

    Atty Seeks $2M Damage Challenge After Frivolous Suit Ruling

    In the wake of a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling questioning the constitutionality of punitive damages against attorneys for pursuing frivolous litigation, a lawyer facing a nearly $2 million verdict over a purportedly meritless lawsuit urged a trial judge Thursday to allow him to brief the issue for appeal.

  • April 28, 2017

    Atty Pushes For 2nd Look At Duane Morris Malpractice Claim

    A Philadelphia attorney and part-owner of a company he says was swindled out of a lucrative telecom merger asked a Pennsylvania state judge Thursday to reconsider her decision ending a malpractice suit that accused Duane Morris LLP of botching an appeal over the handling of the deal.

  • April 28, 2017

    Judge OKs Med Device Injury Claim Under Pa. Tort Law Ruling

    A federal judge on Thursday greenlighted claims against Stryker Corp. over an allegedly faulty bone implant after finding that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s overhaul of products liability law in the state more than two years ago did not bar strict liability claims against medical device manufacturers.

  • April 28, 2017

    Dancers Hit Philly’s Vanity Grand Cabaret With Wage Suit

    An exotic dancer filed a lawsuit on Thursday in Pennsylvania federal court against Philadelphia club Vanity Grand Cabaret, alleging that it doesn’t pay its dancers a proper minimum wage and improperly claims they are independent contractors.

  • April 28, 2017

    Pa. Court Won't Revisit $10.1M Medical Malpractice Verdict

    The Pennsylvania Superior Court will not rehear a case in which it affirmed a $10.1 million jury verdict in favor of a woman who sued a Philadelphia hospital over her infant's untimely bacterial meningitis diagnosis.

  • April 28, 2017

    Health Hires: 8 Firms Add Health, Life Sciences Experts

    The last few weeks have seen Cooley LLP, DLA Piper, Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting, Fox Rothschild LLP, King & Spalding LLP, Nossaman LLP, Polsinelli PC and Porzio Bromberg & Newman PC expand their expertise in the health and life sciences worlds.

  • April 28, 2017

    J&J Hit With $20M Pelvic Mesh Verdict In Philly

    A Pennsylvania state jury hit Johnson & Johnson on Friday with a $20 million verdict over injuries suffered by a New Jersey woman after receiving a vaginal mesh implant, the third consecutive eight-figure award against Johnson & Johnson in the pelvic mesh mass tort program in Philadelphia County court.

  • April 28, 2017

    More NFL Players’ Ex-Counsel Seek Concussion Deal Payout

    Another law firm with ties to NFL players in the concussion and head injury litigation filed petitions Thursday in Pennsylvania federal court to place liens on any recovery funds obtained by their clients through a settlement approved earlier this year.

  • April 27, 2017

    NJ Says PennEast Pipeline Permit Application 'Incomplete'

    The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has deemed an application for a permit for the $1 billion PennEast natural gas pipeline project, which would run from Pennsylvania to central New Jersey, "administratively incomplete," according to a letter the DEP sent to the pipeline company on Wednesday.

  • April 27, 2017

    Pa. High Court Leaves Atty Liability Law Open To Challenges

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court just upheld a law allowing attorneys to face civil liability for frivolous litigation, but experts say the ruling could inspire new challenges after the justices raised questions about both the availability of punitive damages under the statute and the standard for bringing claims.

  • April 27, 2017

    Attys For Euro NFLers Say Concussion Deal Work Not Minor

    Attorneys for former players in the NFL’s now-defunct European league told a Pennsylvania federal court Wednesday that co-lead counsel for the concussion settlement has lumped them in with “losing objectors,” even though their work made it possible for Europe-based players to benefit from the deal.

  • April 27, 2017

    Ocwen Hit With Another Investor Suit After CFPB Action

    Ocwen Financial Corp. was hit Wednesday in Pennsylvania federal court with another class action by investors who claim the mortgage company, which is being sued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for wrongfully foreclosing on more than 1,000 people, made misleading statements to investors about staying up-to-date with regulations.

  • April 27, 2017

    Abuse Of Process Claims Rooted In 'Bad Blood,' Pa. Atty Says

    One of the lawyers accused of abusing civil procedure in the pursuit of sanctions against a Philadelphia-area medical malpractice defense attorney who was hit with a since-overturned $1 million penalty shrugged off her claims Wednesday as “bad blood and unprofessional conduct."

  • April 27, 2017

    Gas Co., Enviro Group Attack Pa. Frack Water Well Permit

    A Pennsylvania community group and a gas producer have filed competing appeals in the state’s Environmental Hearing Board over permits issued by the Department of Environmental Protection allowing a controversial frack water disposal well.

  • April 26, 2017

    After Rough Patch, Pa. Firms Bullish On Energy

    Pennsylvania’s initial shale gas boom may be fully in the rear-view mirror, but after new well construction flatlined in 2015, energy lawyers in the state are seeing increased business and expressing renewed optimism — pointing to a surge in the title work that presages drilling and to increased downstream activities.

  • April 26, 2017

    Pharmacies' Price-Fixing Actions Too Similar, Judge Says

    A Pennsylvania federal judge won’t reconsider denying certification to some independent and chain pharmacies accusing Medco and other benefit managers of paying them less than other chains for drug sales, ruling Wednesday they failed to demonstrate their proposed class didn't overlap with another would-be class alleging a similar price-fixing scheme.

  • April 26, 2017

    Widow Ends Wrongful-Death Suit Against NFL, Riddell

    The widow of a defensive tackle who died in 2009 of a brain aneurysm after retiring from the National Football League has resolved a wrongful death suit against the league and helmet maker Riddell Inc., according to documents filed Tuesday in Pennsylvania federal court.

  • April 26, 2017

    SEPTA Shielded From Philly Anti-Bias Law, Pa. Justices Say

    A divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a ruling finding that the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority could take advantage of sovereign immunity to avoid claims brought under Philadelphia’s anti-discrimination ordinance.

  • April 26, 2017

    Steel Co. Looks To Disqualify Attys In Product Defect Suit

    An Ohio steel service center argued in Pennsylvania federal court Monday that attorneys now representing an oil and gas service company in its suit against the center over allegedly faulty steel products should be disqualified, saying the attorneys’ representation of another party in the case poses a conflict of interest.

Expert Analysis

  • The Mediator’s Proposal As A Tool For Litigants

    Dennis Klein

    Mediators’ proposals, which call for an unconditional and confidential acceptance or rejection, are resolving high-value disputes on a regular basis. Dennis Klein of Critical Matter Mediation examines why this is happening and the tactical implications for litigants in anticipating that a mediator’s proposal could resolve litigation.

  • A Hollow Win For Ride-Sharing Cos. On Unionizing Drivers

    Daniel Handman

    When a federal judge in Seattle recently enjoined the city from enforcing parts of an ordinance allowing ride-sharing drivers to unionize, it was hailed as a major victory for a badly beaten industry. But that victory may prove to be fleeting, says Daniel Handman of Hirschfeld Kraemer LLP.

  • Expectations After The Trump Administration's First 100 Days

    Jim Flood

    In its first 100 days, the Trump administration has had mixed results and may be behind where it wants to be. The biggest threat to President Donald Trump’s domestic policy agenda beyond the first 100 days is the difficulty of reconciling the Freedom Caucus Republicans, moderate Republicans and Democrats, say Jim Flood and Cari Stinebower of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Defining An Occurrence For Sexual Abuse Cases

    Katharine Thompson

    In Diocese v. Duluth, the Bankruptcy Court for the District Court of Minnesota ruled last month that each instance of sexual abuse counted as a separate trigger of insurance coverage. This decision clashes with a recent decision made by a Pennsylvania court, indicating that courts across the country will continue to grapple with trigger and number of occurrence issues related to sexual abuse, says Katharine Thompson of Gordon Rees ... (continued)

  • The 9-Year Winning Streak Of Virginia ‘Rocket Docket’

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts, the Eastern District of Virginia has been the fastest civil trial docket in the country for nine straight years. Without micromanaging the process, the EDVA's judges, magistrate judges, and clerks and staff continue to perform at a stunningly efficient level, says Bob Tata of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • What Act 170 Means For Shareholder Litigation In Pa.

    Michael Kichline

    Pennsylvania corporations should not overlook Act 170’s provisions concerning shareholder litigation, which differ from Delaware’s standards and procedures in several important respects. The newly effective law is more demanding of shareholders and deferential to the properly considered determinations of a corporation, say Michael Kichline and Stuart Steinberg of Dechert LLP.

  • Opinion

    Let's Talk About Half-Hearted Innovation

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Allowing attorneys to telecommute may seem like a great fix for law firms. But without significant changes to the firm's culture, telecommuting is just a patch applied to the problem of attrition, says Michael Moradzadeh, founding partner of Rimon PC.

  • Protecting Communications From PR Privilege Issues

    Donna Fisher

    Two recent opinions out of Pennsylvania and California state courts offer important lessons for avoiding claims of privilege waiver when using public relations consultants during litigation, say attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • 10 Tips For Creating Winning Trial Visuals

    Kerri Ruttenberg

    Effective visuals require effective design. In her new book, "Images with Impact: Design and Use of Winning Trial Visuals," published by the American Bar Association, trial lawyer and Jones Day partner Kerri Ruttenberg discusses how to design and use visuals to help viewers understand, believe and remember the messages being conveyed.

  • Roundup

    Counsel To Counsel: Insights From Law Firm GCs

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    General counsel at four law firms share the biggest issues they face in an increasingly complex legal environment.